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Mitchell’s NJPW New Beginning Nagoya Results & Report! (1/30/21)

Finally, a New Beginning in Nagoya!

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NJPW New Beginning Nagoya 2020

Will a title reign come to an end in the New Beginning?

After a long and winding Road to, NJPW’s New Beginning is finally here! Will The Ace slay The Dragon or be trumped in a NEVER Openweight match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Toru Yano & Kazuchika Okada VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Yano & Okada win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Kota Ibushi, SHO, Master Wato & Tomoaki Honma VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; Ibushi, Sho, Wato & Honma win.
  • Loser Can’t Mongolian Chop: Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Great-O-Khan; Khan wins, Tenzan can never Mongolian Chop again.
  • No Disqualifications: Will Ospreay VS Satoshi Kojima; Ospreay wins.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS Hiroshi Tanahashi; Tanahashi wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Toru Yano & Kazuchika Okada VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The provisional Mr. KOPW 2021 has made it through one month, but he has eleven more to go! Meanwhile, the Rainmaker still has to prove he is the top of NJPW! Will the Tokyo Pimp and King of Darkness look to replace them both for a New Beginning?

Yano wants the ref to be very thorough with checking the Bullet Club. The Bullet Club Low Sweets, and Evil starts with Okada. Fans rally already as Okada and Evil circle. Dick takes a swipe and then Evil attacks from behind! Yujiro gets in, he and Evil double whip but Okada kicks Yujiro away! Okada sends Evil into Yujiro then kicks low for a DDT! Fans cheer, Dick is on the apron but Okada backs him off. Okada goes out after him anyway, and Yano corners Dick! Fans cheer as Okada kicks Dick and puts him in the ring! Yano gets in, too, and Chaos hammer away on Dick! Okada makes it a drum solo! Fans cheer as Okada goes after Evil, stomps him, clubs him, then elbows him.

Okada snapmares Evil, runs, but Evil grabs the ref and Dick trips Okada up! Yujiro runs over to DECK Yano, then Evil throws Okada out! Evil clubs Okada, Yujiro whips Yano into railing, then Evil whips Okada into railing! Fans rally but Evil digs his fingers into Okada’s face! The ref reprimands and Evil stops, and Evil mocks the “O-KA-DA!” clapping. Evil puts Okada in the ring, stands on Okada’s neck, but lets off when the ref reprimands. Tag to Yujiro and Yujiro drags Okada up. Yujiro whips Okada in, and TADA! The buckle is bare! Okada hits steel and Yano protests, even though that’s his trick. Actually that might be why he’s upset. Yujiro snapmares Okada to boot him down! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally for Okada but Yujiro tags in Evil. Evil drags Okada up, brings him around, and hammerlocks him to then put on a cobra twist! Bullet Club forms a chain to the railing! Yano protests, the ref is busy with him but then he sees what’s going on! The ref counts and Bullet Club lets go at 4. Fans rally up but Evil brings Okada up. Okada throws body shots and forearms, but Evil whips him back into bare buckles! Evil fireman’s carries but Okada fights out. Okada gets to a corner, Evil runs in but Okada boots him away! Okada runs into Evil’s kick but Evil runs into Okada’s BOOT! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Okada rolls, hot tags to Yujiro and Yano!

Yano dodges Yujiro to untie a buckle pad! Yujiro clubs Yano first, whips but Yano reverses, to then go back to the pad! Yano has the white pad, gives it to Yujiro, and the ref is busy with Yujiro while Yano unties the other buckle pad! Three bare corners! Yano throws this pad at Yujiro, too! The ref takes the pad and then Yano rakes Yujiro’s eyes! Yano whips but Yujiro reverses and Yano suffers at his own bare buckle plan! FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Yano survives and Yujiro frowns. Yujiro stomps Yano, brings him up for forearms, then whips him to ropes. Yano holds ropes, taunts Yujiro, and then is in the ropes as defense.

Evil swipes at Yano, Yano scrambles away but Yujiro ROCKS Yano with a forearm! Yano staggers into Dick’s hotshot! Yujiro gets his pimp cane! Evil distracts the ref, CANE SHOT!! Cover, but Okada breaks it! Okada DECKS Evil, but Yujiro kicks low! Yujiro whips but Okada reverses to dropkick Yujiro down! Okada shouts to Yano to capitalize, and fans rally up as Okada goes after Evil. Yano gets the pimp cane?! Dick takes it from him, but Yano drags Dick in! The ref reprimands DICK! Yano waistlocks Yano but Yano LOW BLOWS! Yano shoves Yujiro into Dick, rolls Yujiro up, CHAOS WINS!

Winners: Toru Yano & Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall

No one can outdo Mr. KOPW 2021 in being a trickster! Will he and the Rainmaker make it through these new beginnings still on top?

 

8 Man Tag: Kota Ibushi, SHO, Master Wato & Tomoaki Honma VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

The Golden Star is set to defend against the Cold Skull! The High Voltage wants to short circuit the Ticking Timebomb’s own reign! And the Grandmaster has been called out by Death Mask! Will Everyone’s Kokeshi help them stand against Sanada, Hiromu, Bushi and Naito?

The teams sort out, and Wato insists he start. The others agree, and after LIJ fist bumps, it is Bushi who steps up against Wato. They tie righ tup at the bell, Wato puts Bushi on the ropes but Bushi turns it around> Wato turns it back arond, then Bush, but Wato avoids the cheap shot! Wato mule kicks, clubs and whips, then hurdles to back elbow. Bushi avoids the rest, runs and rolls off Wato’s back to then kick and whpi. Wato reverses and tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS! Wato kicks Bushi while he’s down, then KICKS him towards the corner! Wato stomps Bushi, digs his boot in, then rains down fists! The ref counts, tries to get Wato to let off, but Honma tags in.

Honma stomps Bushi, brings Bushi up and kicks low. Honma clubs Bushi, runs, and goes after Naito! Naito gets away but Bushi clubs Honma. Bushi runs but Honma elbows him down. Honma fires up and runs but Naito gets a cheap shot in! Naito clubs Honma, whips but Honma reverses, only for Naito to reverse and get around. Honma elbows Naito down then fires up, but Hiromu trips him up! Sanada basement dropkicks Honma, then LIJ goes after Team Ibushi! Bushi dropkicks Wato down, Hiromu trips Sho off the apron, and Bushi DECKS Ibushi! Sanada goes out to hit Ibushi while Hiromu whips Sho into railing and Naito stomps Wato.

Bushi headlocks Honma and brings him to a corner and digs his face into buckles. Bushi then bumps Honma off buckles and stomps him in the LIJ corner. LIJ leaves the others alone and Naito tags in. Naito stomps Honma, brings him over and bumps him off other buckles before throwing forearms! Naito rakes Honma’s eyes but the ref reprimands. Honma kicks back but Naito blocks the leg to club the elbow! Naito fires off haymakers then whips corner to corner. Naito runs in, rocket kick! Leg sweep, and then less swing for that basement dropkick! Still Combinacion Cabron! Naito drags Honma up, Honma hits back with forearms, but Naito throws strikes back!

Naito throws back elbows over and over on Honma, then snapmares him to a cravat crank on the mat! Sho gets in to stomp Naito but Hiromu throws Sho out. Sanada tags in and both Bushi and Hiromu join in as LIJ all stomps Honma! Ibushi protests, gets the fans rallying for “HO-N-MA!” but Naito and Sanada double whip. Honma dodges, goes after Naito but Naito elbows free. Honma spins Naito, catches Sanada, DDT COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Fans rally up as all three men are down, hot tag to Ibushi! Ibushi springboards but Sanada gets under! Ibushi elbows Bushi and Hiromu down, goes up and over Sanada as he runs in, then gets Sanada for a SPINNING POWERSLAM!

Ibushi somersaults to the corner for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Ibushi and he brings Sanada up in a waistlock. Sanada switches, Ibushi elbows, but Ibushi runs into a RANA! Ibushi flops out of the ring, Sanada takes aim, PLANCHA! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder and Sanada is satisfied with that. Sanada brings Ibushi back up, puts him in, and covers, TWO! Sanada keeps his cool and brings Ibushi back up. Ibushi kicks but Sanada blocks to trip Ibushi. Sanada gets the legs, and he goes to tie Ibushi up! Ibushi kicks Sanada away, runs in at the corner, but Sanada elbows him away.

Sanada Quebrada but Ibushi gets under, only to run into a fireman’s carry! Ibushi fights free, but Sanada ducks the roundhouse to kick and run, into Ibushi’s RANA! Both men are down but fans rally up, and the two crawl to hot tag Hiromu and Sho! Sho and Hiromu collide then start throwing forearms back and forth! Fans rally as they go faster and faster, but Hiromu bumps Sho off buckles. Hiromu fires off several forearms, but Sho gives them all back! Sho has Hiromu down in the corner but Hiromu gets up, only for Sho to ROCK him! Sho runs, Hiromu follows and corner clotheslines! Hiromu runs but Sho follows to return that clothesline!

Sho runs but Hiromu follows again, but Sho puts Hiromu on the apron! Sho sweeps the legs, runs side to side and baseball slides Hiromu off the apron! Sho builds speed, but Hiromu gets in! Sho dodges Hiromu, to SPEAR, but Hiromu blocks it!! Hiromu suplexes, Sho slips out but Hiromu elbows him away. Hiromu runs, Sho dodges and comes back to SPEAR! Direct hit this time and Sho powers up! Sho drags Hiromu up, suplexes, but Hiromu slips out to waistlock. Sho elbows over and over but Hiromu reels him in. Sho throws forearms from all sides now, but Hiromu gives one back! Sho ROCKS Hiromu, runs, but into a POP-UP BOMB!

Hiromu can’t make the cover but fans rally up as both men head for their corners! Hot tag to Bushi, he and Sanada dropkick Wato and Honma! Naito whips Sho for Bushi to sunset flip, and Bushi sends Sho into Naito’s basement dropkick! Bushi brings Sho around while LIJ keeps the others down, BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Bushi drags Sho up, wrenches and lifts, but Honma gets in to CLOBBER Bushi! Naito gives Honma an atomic drop, but runs into a LEAPING HEADBUTT! Sanada dropkicks Honma but Ibushi springboard missile dropkicks Sanada! Hiromu SUPERKICKS Ibushi, then kicks Wato!

Hiromu and Bushi double whip, double hip toss, then throw Wato again, but Wato lands on his feet! Wato KICKS Hiromu, mule kicks Bushi, and sets Bushi up for Sho’s LARIAT! Sho stands Bushi up Wato’s DREAMCAST KICK! Sho brings Bushi back around, lifts, POWER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives and fans fire up! Sho takes aim with the bow and drags Bushi back up. Sho tucks the arms, LIJ fights off Team Ibushi, but SHOCK ARROW hits! Cover, Sho and team win!

Winners: Kota Ibushi, Sho, Master Wato & Tomoaki Honma, by pinfall

A big win for the many rivals of LIJ! Will this momentum help Sho shock Hiromu in their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship battle? What of the momentum for Sanada challenging Ibushi for the IWGP Heavyweight and Intecontinental Double Championship?

 

Loser Can’t Mongolian Chop: Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Great-O-Khan!

The stipulation is fairly self-explanatory. Both men use the Mongolian Chop attack in their arsenal, but that will all change tonight! Will Ikari no Mogyu or the United Empire’s Dominator be the one true master of the double chop strike?

Khan rushes Tenzan as he heads down the ramp, but Tenzan RAMS Khan down! Tenzan stomps Khan and fans fire up! Tenzan clubs Khan, rams him into the apron then stomps him more! The ref says to get this in the ring but Tenzan whips Khan into railing! Fans fire up more as Tenzan drags Khan up and around into the ring. Tenzan gets in and the bell finally rings to start the match! Tenzan stomps Khan more, headbutts him, then stomps him more. Khan eggs him on so Tenzan stomps him again and again. Tenzan drags Khan up for another headbutt! Tenzan whips, and hits the Mongolian Chop! Fans fire up and Tenzan chokes Khan!

The ref reprimands and counts, Tenzan lets off at 4, and Tenzan stomps and chops Khan. Tenzan hits another Mongolian Chop! And another! And another! Tenzan eggs Khan on and Khan kicks back! To then give a Mongolian Chop! And another! And another! Tenzan gives the Mongolian Chops back, but Khan knees low! Khan gives karate chops over and over to Tenzan’s back! And then drags Tenzan into an arm-and-head triangle! Fans rally as Tenzan endures, but Khan shifts to clamp onto the shoulder! Khan digs his claw in, Tenzan endures but Khan stomps him down! Fans rally for Tenzan but Khan drags him back up.

Khan has the cravat, snapmares then sits him up for a chinlock. Tenzan endures the knee in his back, Khan shifts to a headscissor headlock! Tenzan kicks and flails but Khan squeezes tight! Tenzan rolls, and gets to the ropes! The ref counts, Khan lets go at 3, and Tenzan can breathe again. Khan drags Tenzan to a cover, TWO! Khan is annoyed as fans cheer. Khan drags Tenzan up and turns him for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Khan drags Tenzan up and bumps him off buckles. Khan clubs Tenzan, then climbs up to sit on Tenzan’s head! The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4, and paces as fans rally up again. Khan stomps Tenzan, eggs him on, then pushes Tenzan’s head into his boot.

Tenzan fights up, throws body shots, but Khan ROCKS Tenzan! Khan runs, into the windmill kick! Tenzan fires up and the fans follow as he gives Khan more Mongolian Chops! Khan flops down and bails out but Tenzan pursues to club and stomp Khan! Tenzan puts Khan back in, stomps him more then gives him a back hand CHOP! Tenzan bumps Khan off buckles, stomps him, headbutts him, and fires up again. Tenzan headbutts and stomps more, then rakes Khan’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Tenzan stops and whips Khan corner to corner. Tenzan runs in to corner splash! Khan sputters and Tenzan goes up top!

Tenzan drags Khan up by his hair, then hits CALF BRANDING, the falling knee drop! Tenzan says it’s not done here, he goes back to the corner and back up! Fans rally, and Tenzan hits a FLYING MONGOLIAN CHOP! Tenzan stomps Khan more, chops him more, then eggs him on. Khan gets up, Tenzan headbutts and brings Khan up. Tenzan calls his shot and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Tenzan keeps his focus as he says he’ll hit the driver! Tenzan drags Khan up, scoops, but Khan fights that off to hit a HALF NELSON FACEBUSTER! Fans rally up as both men are down and Khan gets up first. Khan powers up, takes aim, and clamps onto Tenzan’s face with the claw!

But Tenzan breaks free to Mongolian Chop! And again! And again! Tenzan eggs Khan on, Khan puts some stank on his own Mongolian Chops! Tenzan gives one back, and now it’s a back and forth of Mongolian Chops! Tenzan hits, Khan hits, then they BOTH hit! And again! Whose chop is stronger?! Tenzan falls to a knee, Khan fires up and runs, but Tenzan LARIATS! Fans fire up as Tenzan paces, and drops an elbow! ANACONDA VICE!! Khan flails, endures, even pulls Tenzan’s hair, but he has to kick his way over towards ropes! Tenzan drags Khan up and away for an ANACONDA BUSTER! Cover, TWO!?! Khan survives but Tenzan vows to end this!

Tenzan goes up, TENZAN PRESS FLOPS!! Khan avoids disaster! Fans fire up as Khan stomps and chops away on Tenzan’s back! Khan drags Tenzan back up, scoops, but Tenzan fights it off! Tenzan throws body shots and a HEADBUTT! Tenzan fires up, scoops Khan, but Tenzan’s arms give up! Khan BOOTS Tenzan down! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Tenzan is still in this! Khan drags Tenzan back up, gives him another Mongolian Chop, and then another! Khan hits a third and Tenzan falls! Khan drags Tenzan back up, scoops him, and hits the TTD?!? Cover, TWO!?!? Tenzan survives Khan’s take on his other signature!!

Tenzan runs in, but into the claw! ELIMINATOR CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, Khan wins!!

Winner: Great-O-Khan, by pinfall (Hiroyoshi Tenzan CANNOT use Mongolian Chop)

The Dominator takes away Tenzan’s signature strike! And he won’t even let Young Lions check on Tenzan! Khan gets in Tenzan’s face about having conquered him, and then stomps him again! Is this just the beginning of what the United Empire will do to NJPW?

 

No Disqualifications: Will Ospreay VS Satoshi Kojima!

Speaking of, The Aerial Assassin is building his United Empire on the legends he defeats! Will he add the Cozy Strong Arm to that foundation in a match with no restraints?

Ospreay comes prepared with a trash can, several lids and even some cookie sheets, and a guitar! He throws the ring steps aside but he might end up using those, too. Kojima makes his entrance, bringing just himself! Ospreay builds speed but Kojima stays clear so Ospreay cancels his flight. Kojima gets in, he and Ospreay throw hands, and the bell rings! They go back and forth with fast and furious forearms but Ospreay knees low. Ospreay throws Kojima out, CHOPS him then whips him into railing! Ospreay headbutts Kojima around the way, throws forearms, then throws haymakers as they go up the ramp.

Ospreay fetches some of the stuff he brought, and he SMACKS Kojima with the cookie sheet! Ospreay shouts, “Who’s the tough guy in Japan now?! It’s me!” Ospreay throws haymakers and Kojima goes back towards the ring. Ospreay brings him around to the trash can, but Kojima back drops Ospreay onto it! Fans fire up as Ospreay writhes and Kojima kicks him to railing. Kojima throws forearms and elbows then POSTS Ospreay! Ospreay staggers away, Kojima kicks him then puts him in the ring. Ospreay boots back then runs, and boots again! Ospreay keeps moving but Kojima runs him over! And elbows him down! Ospreay bails out again but Kojima aims to PLANCHA!

But Ospreay gets clear and Kojima hits floor! Ospreay goes up the corner to leap, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Kojima is sent crashing into railing, but fans rally up as Ospreay fetches something from under the ring. Ospreay brings out a ladder! Ospreay aims at Kojima, and RAMS him down with the ladder! Ospreay shouts, “What’s my name?!” Ospreay opens the ladder, and the restraint is broken so it goes full 180 open. Ospreay doesn’t mind, he makes it a bridge between ring and railing. Ospreay brings Kojima around and whips, but Kojima blocks! Ospreay tries again but Kojima reverses! Ospreay slides under the ladder bridge, to then BOOT it into Kojima!

Kojima goes down, Ospreay goes back under the ladder and brings Kojima up. Fans rally, Ospreay puts Kojima in the ring, and Ospreay drops knees on Kojima’s chest! Kojima sputters, Ospreay drops another knee! Ospreay drags Kojima up, throws a hard body shot forearm, and Kojima doubles over! Ospreay undoes a corner pad and tosses it aside. Ospreay drags Kojima up, whips him in and Kojima gets bare buckles to the back! Fans rally for Kojima but Ospreay laughs at then. Ospreay brings Kojima up but Kojima hits back with body shots of his own! Ospreay scoops Kojima for a turning BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kojima survives but Ospreay goes out to fetch more things.

Ospreay brings in chairs! Ospreay sits one chair up, then brings Kojima over, to put his jaw against the seat! Ospreay stands on Kojima’s head, fans rally and Ospreay runs, Kojima HIP TOSSES Ospreay onto the chair! Kojima stalks Ospreay to a corner and CHOPS! And fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima whips Ospreay corner to corner, runs in and hits a forearm! Kojima throws Ospreay down, grabs the other chair, and sets it on Ospreay’s chest! Kojima climbs up, FULL METAL MACHO ELBOW! It’s double-edged for Kojima but both men are down and writhing! Fans rally as Ospreay clutches ribs and Kojima clutches his arm.

Kojima gets up, throws forearms over and over, then hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Fans fire up, Kojima brings Ospreay back up and CHOPS! Kojima whips, Ospreay handsprings, NEURALIZER ENZIGURI! Kojima goes down, Ospreay fetches more things from under the ring! He rips the apron skirts away until he finds… a TABLE! Ospreay sets the table up, brings Kojima to the apron, but Kojima blocks the suplex! Kojima throws body shots and forearms, then runs, but into a springboard PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay drags Kojima up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Kojima survives and Ospreay grows frustrated.

Ospreay goes out, grabs that guitar he brought, and gets back in the ring. Ospreay wants to do his best Double J as Kojima staggers up, but Kojima dodges to hit a DDT! Kojima sees the guitar and decides to take it for his own! COZY SMASH HIT!! The guitar is done but both Kojima and Ospreay are still in this match. Kojima goes out and fetches a table of his own! Kojima puts the table in, sets it up in a corner, then goes back for Ospreay. Ospreay resists the bomb lift, back drops Kojima, then runs back in, but Kojima swats his clothesline away! COZY CUTTER! Kojima powers up, runs, but Ospreay spins through the lariat to get the lift! POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Kojima’s plan backfires!

Fans still rally up but Ospreay rises first. Ospreay runs, springboards, OSCUTTER! Cover, TWO!?! Kojima survives and shocks Ospreay! Ospreay goes back out and gets even more chairs! Ospreay goes in, brings a chair, and SMACKS Kojima right on the back! Ospreay sits the chairs up together, making a chair square. Ospreay gets a fifth chair, digs it into Kojima’s head, then tosses it aside. Ospreay brings Kojima around, sits Kojima down and fires off haymakers! Ospreay then goes to the corner, goes up top, but Kojima stops him with haymakers of his own! Kojima COZY LARIATS Ospreay off the top, and he FALLS THROUGH THE LADDER!!!

The ref goes out to check on Ospreay and fans rally up. Somehow Ospreay is okay and a ring count starts. Kojima crawls through the chairs while Ospreay is still down. The ring count is 10 of 20 but Ospreay hasn’t gotten up! Kojima tells the ref to stop counting and he goes out to fetch Ospreay! Kojima puts Ospreay in and fans cheer that he wants to finish this in the ring! Kojima brings Ospreay up to suplex, BRAIN BUSTER ON CHAIRS! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives but Kojima is too tired to be upset. Kojima takes off the arm band! Kojima runs, into a SUPERKICK! He keeps trying but Ospreay SUPERKICKS again!

Ospreay dodges, springboards, BLINDSIDE COZY LARIAT! Kojima powers up again, but Ospreay dodges and gets a chair! Ospreay tosses the chair at Kojima, he catches it, FULL METAL HIDDEN BLADE!! Ospreay hurries back up, ANOTHER HIDDEN BLADE!! And then, double underhooks, lift, STORMBREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

An incredible fight that was incredibly painful, and it’s the United Empire’s leader who stands tall! Well, so to speak. Will Ospreay lead his faction into the future by any means necessary?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS Hiroshi Tanahashi!

This battle was set in motion by World Tag League when LIJ’s Dragon and Cold Skull battled The Ace and Hammerhead Toa Henare. Now, it comes to a head, and we see if Takagi can continue to build his legacy against the Once in a Century Talent!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the end of new beginnings in Nagoya begins!

Fans rally up already as Tanahashi and Takagi circle. They approach, feel out the grapple, and tie up with knuckle locks. Tanahashi shoots in but Takagi gets away and the two reset. Fans rally, Tanahashi and Takagi tie up, and Takagi powers Tanahashi to ropes. Tanahashi turns it around, Red Shoes calls for a break, but Takagi dodges the cheap shot! Tanahashi dodges Takagi’s retaliation and hits an arm-drag to an armlock! Fans rally, Takagi gets up but Tanahashi wrenches to a wristlock. Takagi body shots, rolls, and wrenches back. Takagi hammerlocks the arm, Tanahashi drop toeholds and floats to a chinlock.

Takagi fights up, pries at the hold and gets around to hammerlock then headlock. Tanahashi endures the grind, throws body shots and powers out to drop toehold again. Tanahashi has another headlock and he grinds Takagi, but Takagi fights up. Takagi tries to power out but Tanahashi grinds harder! Takagi throws body shots, powers out and is free, but Tanahashi rams him! Takagi blocks the hip toss to body shot and throw Tanahashi down! But Tanahashi victory rolls, TWO! Takagi runs into a headlock takeover, headscissors in return, but Tanahashi pops free. Fans cheer as the two stand off and reset again. Takagi and Tanahashi circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock!

Tanahashi uses leverage to put Takagi in a corner but Takagi turns it around. They go around and around in the corner, Red Shoes calls for the break, but Takagi throws forearms! Takagi whips corner to corner, runs in and blocks a boot! Takagi eggs Tanahashi on then CLOBBERS him! Takagi toys with Tanahashi but Tanahashi throws forearms! Takagi shoves Tanahashi to fire off JABS and CHOPS back and forth! Red Shoes has Takagi let off, Takagi comes back but Tanahashi palm strikes! Tanahashi whips Takagi and dropkicks the legs out! Takagi flounders to ropes but Tanahashi grabs his leg.

Fans rally as Tanahashi turns Takagi over, to SMASH the knee on his knee! Like a backbreaker but to the leg! Tanahashi drops elbows on the leg, cranks back on it, but Takagi reaches for ropes. Tanahashi pulls Takagi away and drops a leg on the leg! Tanahashi ties the legs up for a butterfly deathlock! Takagi endures, fans rally, and Takagi back hands, only for Tanahashi to push harder on the legs! Takagi drags himself and Tanahashi back, Tanahashi puts as much pressure as he can, but Takagi gets the ropebreak! Tanahashi lets go and shakes his own legs out. Tanahashi kicks Takagi’s legs, grabs it, but Takagi fights him off!

Tanahashi throws body shots, whips, but Takagi holds ropes to then run Tanahashi over! Fans cheer and Takagi clotheslines Tanahashi out of the ring! Takagi catches his breath before going out to fetch Tanahashi. Fans rally as Takagi whips Tanahashi into railing! Takagi brings Tanahashi back up to bump him off apron, then again. Takagi fireman’s carries and APRON SNAKE EYES! Then he hits a DDT to the floor! Takagi fires up and fans cheer as Takagi hobbles. Takagi gets his bad leg moving, the ring count climbs but Takagi brings Tanahashi up at 12 of 20 to put him. SLINGSHOT STOMP!

Takagi drags Tanahashi up, cranks with a facelock, then suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Takagi keeps Tanahashi down with a headlock. Tanahashi endures as Takagi makes it a modified half nelson stretch, then shifts to sit him up. Takagi rains down elbows, covers, TWO! Takagi keeps moving, going up for the FALLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Takagi toys with Tanahashi, drags him up, and chicken wings, but Tanahashi fights off the Gory to fire off forearms and elbows! Takagi DOUBLE CHOPS and Tanahashi drops to a knee! Takagi whips Tanahashi to ropes, then KNEES him at the rope, but Tanahashi blocks it!

Takagi tries to punch Tanahashi away, but Tanahashi still DRAGON SCREWS! But Takagi spins through with it! Takagi runs, Tanahashi dodges the sliding lariat! Tanahashi dropkicks the leg, then gets it for a DRAGON SCREW! And this time it hits! Fans rally as both men rise and Tanahashi stalks behind Takagi. Tanahashi throws forearms, whips, but Takagi reverses, only for Tanahashi to hit flying forearms! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he drags Takagi up and scoop slams him into the drop zone! Tanahashi goes up to the second rope, SOMERSAULT SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally again as both men rise. Tanahashi runs into the corner, he blocks Takagi’s boot but Takagi boots him away with the other leg! Tanahashi runs but Takagi puts him on the apron, to then hotshot! Takagi goes to the apron to join Tanahashi, fans fire up and Takagi fireman’s carries! Tanahashi fights to get free, but Takagi ROCKS him. But Tanahashi dropkicks the leg! Takagi falls to the floor and fans rally up again. Tanahashi fires up now and he goes to the corner. Tanahashi climbs, Takagi stands, ACES HIGH! Direct hit and down goes the Dragon! Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re okay to continue.

The ring count stars, Tanahashi drags himself up at 5 and gets in at 8. Takagi is still down at 11 of 20, gets up at 13 and hobbles at 15. Takagi is in at 17 but Tanahashi has the leg, DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi rises as Takagi clutches his leg. Tanahashi powers up, runs, but Takagi elbows! JABS! But Tanahashi blocks the lariat! Takagi fights him off, chicken wing, spin, and Takagi steals TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up as Takagi drags Tanahashi back up. Takagi suplexes, but Tanahashi fights it off so Takagi TWIST ‘N’ SHOUTS again! Takagi sits Tanahashi up, runs, SLIDING LARIAT! But the leg bothers Takagi so he can’t make the cover here. Fans rally up as Takagi stands.

Takagi hobbles over to Tanahashi as the fans get louder. Takagi toys with Tanahashi as he gives those kicks. He talks some trash and Tanahashi gets mad. Tanahashi eggs Takagi on as Takagi keeps kicking him, and then blocks the kick to dropkick the bad leg! Fans rally again as Tanahashi stomps Takagi and taunts him in return. Takagi eggs Tanahashi on now and dares him to hit harder. Tanahashi stomps more, Takagi still eggs him on, then Takagi blocks the kick to spin Tanahashi, run, and CHOP BLOCK! It was just enough to clip Tanahashi, but then Takagi drops a knee on the leg! Takagi gets back up as fans rally again.

Takagi stalks Tanahashi to a corner and taunts him again. Takagi gives toying kicks but Tanahashi throws serious forearms! Takagi puts Tanahashi’s leg in the ropes, then gets the other, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Takagi brings Tanahashi around, air guitars on Tanahashi’s leg, then steps through. Tanahashi kicks Takagi away, gets up, but runs into Takagi’s LARIAT! Takagi drags Tanahashi back up, reels him in, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO, but Takagi gets a HALF CRAB! Tanahashi endures, Takagi pulls back hard, and then drops to a toehold! Like the deathlock in an STF, just no crossface! Tanahashi endures, moves around, but Takagi pulls harder on the leg!

Tanahashi still gets the ropebreak! Takagi lets Tanahashi go, fans fire up again, and Takagi gets them on the “OI! OI! OI!” rhythm. Takagi pump handles, Tanahashi resists, but Takagi throws knees. Tanahashi trips Takagi for GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And another GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Takagi clutches his leg but Tanahashi goes after both. Takagi gets the ropebreak, Tanahashi stomps his leg, then has Takagi in a corner. Tanahashi clubs Takagi, Takagi throws elbows, but they go up the corner. Tanahashi has Takagi up top, SUPER DRAGON SCREW!! Takagi writhes and clutches his knee as Tanahashi gets up. Tanahashi gets the legs for the CLOVERLEAF!

Takagi endures, Tanahashi sits deep, but Takagi refuses to give up! Red Shoes checks on Takagi as he starts to fade! Takagi opens an eye, grabs at Red Shoes, and then gets a second wind! Takagi powers up but Tanahashi just lets him go! Tanahashi goes to the corner, goes up top, HIGH FLY FLOW to Takagi’s back! Tanahashi goes up again, HIGH FLY FLOW, FLOPS!! Takagi avoids the final flow and fans fire up! Takagi drags Tanahashi back, wheelbarrow CORNER GERMAN! Takagi shouts and gets his bad leg moving again. Fans rally up, Takagi brings Tanahashi back up, but Tanahashi catches the lariat to a full nelson!

Takagi fights that off, catches Tanahashi to a full nelson, and hits a DRAGON SUPLEX! The Dragon hits a Dragon Suplex! Fans are thunderous as Takagi demands Tanahashi stands back up! Tanahashi stands, Takagi runs, PUMPING BOMBER! But Takagi isn’t done there, he wants Tanahashi to stand again! Takagi runs as best he can, but Tanahashi dodges! SLING- NO! Pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!?!? The Ace survives and the Dragon cannot believe it! Fans fire up again, Takagi drags Tanahashi up, pump handle and fireman’s carry, but Tanahashi fights out to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT!

Tanahashi holds on, drags Takagi up, ANOTHER TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! He still holds on, brings Takagi up again, A THIRD TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Takagi sits up in a daze, Tanahashi powers up and runs, but Takagi gets around him! Tanahashi full nelsons, Takagi breaks free, but Tanahashi has the STRAITJACKET GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!!! Takagi survives but Tanahashi isn’t done! Tanahashi runs, SLINGBLADE! Tanahashi hurries to the corner and up top, but Takagi stands. HIGH FLY ATTACK- Takagi catches it?! Takagi pops Tanahashi up, and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Both men are down but fans are thunderous again!

Tanahashi goes to a corner and Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” again. Takagi runs in, corner clotheslines! Tanahashi fires off forearms in return! Takagi ducks the next to sleeper hold, and he shifts to a dragon sleeper! A dragon sleeper from the Dragon! Tanahashi scrambles, ends up in ropes, DRAPING G T R!?! Takagi borrows from one of the other great NEVER Openweight Champions, but he knows this still isn’t over! Tanahashi slowly rises, Takagi takes aim, runs and runs and MAXIMUM PUMPING BOMBERS!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Tanahashi survives again!! Fans rally up, “TA-KA-GI!” “LET’S GO, ACE!”

Both men slowly rise, Takagi brings Tanahashi up, pump handle but Tanahashi fights off the fireman’s, only for a point-blank LARIAT! Takagi kicks at Tanahashi, drags him up and slaps him around. Tanahashi throws forearms and Takagi just laughs! Takagi fires forearms from all sides! Takagi ROCKS Tanahashi with the tenth, but Tanahashi palm strikes! Takagi palm strikes! JAB! Tanahashi HEADBUTTS!? Fans are electric as Tanahashi fires up and runs, into a clothesline! Takagi keeps moving, but Tanahashi gets around, DRAGON SUPLEX! Takagi is back up?! Tanahashi SLINGBLADES! Cover, ONE?!?! PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, ONE!?!?!

Both men survive and fans are electric again! Takagi gets up, bites ropes as he rises, and aims from a corner. Tanahashi is in the other, and both men shout smack talk at each other! DOUBLE LARIATS!! Neither falls, Tanahashi palm strikes, Takagi POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Takagi fires up more, drags Tanahashi back up, pump handle and fireman’s carry, SLINGBLADE?!? Tanahashi turns things back in his favor and heads to a corner! Tanahashi climbs, Takagi stands, HIGH FLY ATTACK! Direct hit but Takagi flounders to ropes. Tanahashi reels him in, DRAGON SUPLEX! With a bridge, TWO!?!?! Tanahashi keeps going, goes back up, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Cover, Tanahashi wins!!

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Champion)

It is truly a new beginning as The Ace dethrones the Dragon! Tanahashi stands, Red Shoes hands him the belt, and Tanahashi raises the belt over his head! Takagi manages to stand, and he pats Tanahashi on the shoulder to show respect to him. They’re both willing to go again down the road, when and where will we see that epic sequel? Tanahashi gets the mic and takes a moment before he says, “Everyone. I’m very appreciative!” Tanahashi wants us all to know, that he is far from done as a pro-wrestler, and this is his new beginning, too! And so again, he is very thankful to the fans!

But wait, is he or isn’t he going to air guitar? Fans cheer louder and Tanahashi goes back in! Tanahashi decides to christen the NEVER Openweight Championship by using IT for air guitaring! Fans cheer more and Tanahashi is pretty sure they want an encore! So he gives them an encore! Tanahashi is perhaps spent after two air guitar solos and that huge main event, but fans still cheer. Tanahashi gets up, climbs a corner and gives one more encore! Fans clap along and Tanahashi returns to the mic. “Please come back! Please come back!” Tanahashi thanks the fans and promises that with love and power-

NO! Great-O-Khan attacks from behind!! Khan drags Tanahashi up and clamps on the claw! ELIMINATOR SLAM!! Khan grabs the mic and tells Tanahashi, “Oi, did you think the Tokyo Dome was the end of it?” Tanahashi, you’re going to learn that there is NOTHING you can do to stop this. You got that, right? Khan grabs the NEVER Openweight belt and says it will be his! Will the United Empire be even stronger after the Dominator dominates the Ace?


My Thoughts:

This was a great event, especially after a long Road To series that I of course skipped because it was just so much. Yano & Okada VS Yujiro & EVIL was a good match, but it makes sense for the Faces to win there. Yano is starting a new reign as the new Mr. KOPW for this year, and we’re going to see more shenanigans with the match stipulations he can cook up. Okada VS Evil seems to be building on the side, and that is a pretty good feud to bide some time. The 8 Man was a lot of fun, but it was a pretty good surprise that Sho wins off Bushi. All the stories being considered, that was one of the only options since Ibushi and Sanada need to stay even, it’s still unclear what’s building with Honma and Naito, and then Hiromu can’t lose before facing Sho. All of those stories are interesting and I can’t wait to see the payoffs.

Khan VS Tenzan was really good, and of course in a match where a move is on the line, that move was going to be used a lot. And at the same time, Khan is being built up, so of course he wins. Tenzan can’t Mongolian Chop but that is just one move in his arsenal, but also he’s a bit older, how much more is he going to do, really? Tanahashi VS Takagi was AWESOME, and I really didn’t see it going that way, but it is one of the titles Tanahashi’s never had. But then Khan going after him and having another match with Tanahashi for the title is going to be awesome. That could go either way, but I would think Tanahashi retains to try and prove he’s still got it.

My Score: 9.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (3/5/21)

Will the new wave get payback on the OG?

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Will Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari put their money where their mouths are?

After the back and forth, ambushes and cheating, the 205 Live OG will have to face Jake Atlas & August Grey head-on, 2v2! Will the new wave wash #PremierDinero away and finally take over the Cruiserweight Division?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Jake Atlas & August Grey; Atlas & Grey win.
  • Mansoor VS Curt Stallion; Mansoor wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Jake Atlas & August Grey!

To think, all of this started because the Premier Athlete made sure the Persian Lion didn’t lose any money in his own “Daivari Dinero Division” challenge series. Things escalated from there, and now we have another showdown of 205 Live OG and Cruiserweight new wave! But will Nese & Daivari wish they’d just footed the bill back when they had the chance?

The teams sort out and #RetroAG starts with Daivari. They tie up, Daivari waistlocks and trips Grey to then step all over him. Daivari laughs but runs away to the corner before Grey rushes him. Grey waits, Daivari comes back but then tags Nese. Nese and Grey circle, Daivari swipes at Grey but Nese rolls Grey up! ONE, Grey wrenches and has a hammerlock. Nese fights up, gets a leg, gets a cover, ONE! Grey has the arm again and is back on the hammerlock! Fans cheer, Grey shifts to a grounded cording hold then facelock. Grey brings Nese up to wrench, but Daivari talks trash and distracts Grey. Nese ROCKS Grey, tags Daivari, and the OG mug AG!

Daivari stomps Grey, talks trash to the fans, then tags Nese back in. The OG double suplex but AG slips out! Hot tag to Atlas! Atlas rallies with double clotheslines, big elbows, then a wrench and neckbreaker for Daivari! Atlas runs at Nese but is put on the apron. Atlas shoulders into Nese, dumps Daivari out and enziguris Nese away! Atlas climbs up, but Daivari hurries over! Atlas mule kicks Daivari away but Nese goes up to grab at him! Atlas shoves Nese away, Nese says he jammed his leg! The ref checks, and in that distraction, Daivari SHOVES Atlas down! Nese’s leg is just fine and he does jumping jacks before he stomps Atlas down.

Nese drags Atlas up to stomp him at ropes, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Daivari, Nese RAMS into Atlas and Daivari fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Daivari lets off but clubs Atlas down. Daivari throws hands, whips Atlas back to the corner, and then runs in, into Atlas’ boots! Atlas elbows Nese, ROCKS Daivari, but Daivari mule kicks! Daivari runs to dropkick Atlas down! Daivari talks more trash to Grey, but he turns around to block Atlas’ boot! Daivari spins Atlas but Atlas spins Daivari for a DISCUS LARIAT! Both men crawl, hot tag to Nese and Nese DECKS Grey! Nese stomps Atlas, drags him up and whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Cover, TWO!

Nese clamps onto Atlas with a rear bearhug! Fans rally up, Atlas endures and fights his way up. Atlas elbows Nese and breaks free! Atlas ROCKS Nese with forearms, but Nese keeps him from Grey! Atlas and Grey reach, but Atlas sunset flips! Nese rolls through but Atlas avoids the mule kick to boot Nese down! Nese tries to stay in the way but Atlas kangaroo kicks from below! Hot tag to Grey! Grey runs and RANAS Nese! And rallies with elbows! BIG Manhattan Drop! Grey runs, hurdles Nese then CLOBBERS him! Daivari mouths off so Grey DECKS him! Grey hoists Nese up, back suplex with a little extra! Cover, TWO! Grey keeps cool as he looms over Nese.

Daivari gets in, Grey spins him and turns him, for the SO MUCH- No! Daivari feeds Grey to Nese’s PREMIER DRIVER! Cover, but Atlas BOOTS it apart! All four men are down after Atlas puts his all into that kick, but the fans rally up! Daivari gets up, whips Atlas but Atlas reverses to send Daivari out! Atlas builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Daivari! Nese has Grey, runs to ropes, for a BULLDOG HOTSHOT PLANCHA COMBO! Nese then goes back to the ring for a PREMIER TRIANGLE, but Grey dodges! SUPERKICK! Grey goes up top but Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese brings Grey down but Grey gets the chicken wings! SO MUCH PRETTIER!! Cover, Grey & Atlas win!!

Winners: August Grey & Jake Atlas, by pinfall

The OG get outmaneuvered, and the new wave rises! Will Atlas and Grey soon be the ones running the purple ‘n’ orange?

 

Backstage interview with Mansoor and Curt Stallion.

Josiah Williams asks these two how they’re feeling after that tag team victory together last week. Stallion can’t complain, and Mansoor thought that was great. Maybe they’ll team again and have a team name! Funny Mansoor should say that, because the Lonestar was thinking #CurtSoor. Well, that’s not bad, but the Star of Saudi Arabia was thinking more #ManStallion. What does Josiah think? He goes with CurtSoor on this one. Well Mansoor doesn’t mind. He does thank Stallion for helping him build his overall record to 40-0. Stallion says that is quite the accomplishment. But none against Stallion.

Josiah moves aside as the tension starts to rise. Is Stallion issuing a challenge? Funny he should ask. How about tonight, they go 40-1. More like 41. But these two shake on it and we have our main event! Will Curt be sore? Or will we be saying, “Man, Stallion is good!”

 

The Bollywood Boyz speak.

It’s ya bois from BOLLY BOLLY BOLLY, Bollywood, and one half of the supergroup known as #BollyRise, Samir & Sunil Singh! And they’re here to remind Chase Parker & Matt Marthel are part of their team. They called a truce, they are all working together, and yet Ever-Rise has the nerve to leave the Singhs out of going to NXT? And then they get jumped by El Legado! But that’s what the deserved! They’re not Bollywood award winners! The key in any relationship is communication. Next time, call them. But will Samir & Sunil be left hanging the next time Ever-Rise rolls into the Capitol Wrestling Center?

 

Mansoor VS Curt Stallion!

Quietly, in the background of the Cruiserweight Division, the Star of Saudi Arabia has remained undefeated. His biggest accomplishment was winning the Greatest Battle Royal in his home country, but will he finally be heading for the Cruiserweight Championship? Or will the Lonestar be the lone loss on Mansoor’s record?

The bell rings, the two circle and fans rally up already. Stallion and Mansoor shake hands to show there is still respect, and then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Mansoor manages to get leverage and push Stallion to ropes. Mansoor gives a shove as he lets off, but Stallion keeps his cool. They tie up, Stallion headlocks and hits a takeover. Mansoor pushes with forearms, Stallion pushes to a cover, ONE! Mansoor headscissors but Stallion kips out to again get a headlock takeover. Mansoor pushes his forearm into Stallion, makes it a cover, TWO! Stallion has the headlock again, but Mansoor slips out to a facelock and drags Stallion down to another cover, TWO!

Mansoor facelocks again but Stallion reverses to his own facelock. Mansoor drops to slip around to a hammerlock. Stallion moves around but Mansoor holds on. Mansoor puts more pressure on the hold but Stallion moves around again. Stallion stands, drop toeholds and gets the headlock. Mansoor fights up, powers out but things speed up. Mansoor hurdles, drops and hurdles again to trip Stallion up! Oklahoma Roll, TWO!! Stallion gets up but Mansoor hits a headlock takeover! Mansoor makes it a cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Stallion fights up and powers his way to his own headlock.

Mansoor powers out, hurdles gain but Stallion is ready for the trip! Stallion waistlocks, rolls and DEAD LIFT GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Stallion knows he was close and he gets Mansoor up again. Stallion facelocks, snap suplexes then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Mansoor checks his jaw as he sits up but Stallion facelocks again. Stallion drags Mansoor up, Mansoor throws body shots, then Mansoor powers out. Stallion dodges, Mansoor follows, Stallion stops and Mansoor LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Mansoor tries again, TWO! Stallion gets to a corner, Mansoor drags him up and CLUBS him, then CHOPS him! Stallion CHOPS back!

Mansoor forearms, whips Stallion corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Facelock and roll, TWO! Mansoor keeps on Stallion with an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally and duel as Stallion endures, and Stallion fights up to arm-drag free, only for Mansoor to drag him back down! Mansoor goes back to the chinbar and cording hold but Stallion fights the grip. Stallion fights up, fireman’s carries, but Mansoor sunset flips! Stallion rolls through to DOUBLE STOMP! Both men are down, fans fire up and Stallion glares as Mansoor gets to ropes. Mansoor drags himself up, swings but Stallion counter punches! And again! Then a ROLLING ELBOW!

Mansoor reverses the whip, Stallions tops and Alabama lifts to the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Mansoor flounders, Stallion aims from a corner, and Stallion runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Stallion sweeps the legs, KNEES Mansoor, then storms around to run back in! BASEMENT DROPKICK! Stallion fires up and stomps the feet! Stallion yanks Mansoor up, turns him around, and DDT’s to the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Stallion seethes as he covers again, TWO!! Mansoor flounders, Stallion gets the legs and brings him around to a jackknife roll, Alabama lift, but Mansoor fights it!

Stallion resists the piledriver, Mansoor tries a backslide but Stallion flips over, only for Mansoor to underhook him! BUTTERFLY FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Mansoor is shocked but the CWC is thunderous! Mansoor drags Stallion up as fans rally and duel hard as ever. Stallion is dead weight, but Mansoor still tries to get him up! Stallion revives to HEADBUTT! Mansoor flops out of the ring! Stallion sees that, takes aim and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and Stallion fires up! Stallion puts Mansoor in, climbs up top, and FROG SPLASHES onto knees!! Mansoor saves himself and Stallion is writhing!

Mansoor hurries to the corner and to the top rope! But Stallion anchors a foot! Mansoor fights but Stallion tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS HEADBUTT! Stallion climbs up behind Mansoor for the INVERTED SPANISH FLY!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!?! Mansoor’s toe saves his streak! Stallion is seething but fans are fired up! Stallion takes off the elbow pads as Mansoor flounders up. Stallion runs in, Mansoor moves, the flying headbutt gets buckles! Stallion flounders into Mansoor’s SLINGSHOT NECKBREAKER! High stack cover, Mansoor wins!!

Winner: Mansoor, by pinfall

The Saudi Arabia Star’s streak is now 41-0! Stallion manages to stand, and Mansoor shouts to him! Stallion glares at Mansoor as he offers the handshake, but Stallion still takes it! Stallion shows his respect to Mansoor, but when will Stallion ride off into the sunset again? As for Mansoor, between quality and quantity, will his spotless 41 win-loss record be enough to get him a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity?


My Thoughts:

A great episode, and though only 32 minutes or so, the main event started to feel more like the days when 205 Live was strongest. Now, I’m a bit surprised the main event wasn’t the tag match, given the long running story. But there’s a chance the story isn’t over, even though Atlas and Grey won with a finisher. At this point, I wanna see another No Disqualification Tag Match, also like in 205 Live’s stronger days. Atlas was starting to get an edge in his story with Tommaso Ciampa, Nese and Daivari have proven they have an edge, and seeing Grey tap into that would be pretty cool, too, given how he had story with Thatcher.

Mansoor VS Stallion coming by way of an interview promo was pretty good, as was the promo. I personally think ManStallion is the better name, by the way. But as I said, their match was reminiscent of when 205 Live had Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali, Buddy Murphy and a few others. Fans can say whatever they want about the Mansoor streak and the deal with Saudi Arabia (Crown Jewel, Super Showdown, etc.) but Mansoor still puts the work in, is confident in his character, and is not sloppy in the ring by any stretch of the imagination. Now, we still need more Cruiserweights doing things on NXT, not just El Legado brutalizing Breezango and Ever-Rise, but if Mansoor is one of the ones being built up on NXT, I could see it being title VS streak, Escobar VS Mansoor for a TakeOver.

My Score: 8.1/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/5/21)

Will Bryan get back in the Fastlane?

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SmackDown grants a rematch but ups the ante!

Daniel Bryan either wins in a rematch with Jey Uso IN A STEEL CAGE and goes to Fastlane, or he will ACKNOWLEDGE the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin; changed to…
  • Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
  • Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Sami Zayn; Dawkins wins.
  • Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Dominik wins.
  • Bianca Belair w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Belair wins.
  • Buddy Murphy VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
  • Steel Cage Match: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso; Bryan wins and will challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship at Fastlane.

PLAY BY PLAY

Michael Cole opens SmackDown in the ring!

As it stands, the WrestleMania main event for the Universal Championship will be Roman Reigns VS Edge. But that could change if the man who started the Yes Movement gets his way! Daniel Bryan heads to the ring! Fans cheer with the Yes Fingers on their ThunderDome screens as Bryan gets a mic and Cole reminds us Bryan will face Roman’s “unhinged cousin” inside the Steel Cage. And if Bryan wins, he gets another chance at the Universal Championship at Fastlane! That would throw a wrench in the plans WWE had in the works of a tag team match, Bryan & Edge VS Roman & Jey. So then why is Bryan forgoing that tag match? Why has he turned his focus on Roman and the title?

Bryan says Cole is making a lot of assumptions, the biggest being that Bryan was even asked to be in a tag match. Not a single person told Bryan about this “great” idea to fight Roman & Jey at Fastlane. No one ran anything by him because they know Bryan “rolls with the punches,” does whatever is asked of him, shows up and works his ass off. So Bryan understands why no one asked him. Edge is the ultimate opportunist, and Roman doesn’t want to defend his title at Fastlane. But the thing is, Bryan is making a change to not be the old Bryan. Bryan sees there’s the dream match, Roman VS Edge. And Bryan gets it, Attitude Era VS The ThunderDome, everyone wants to see that, except for Bryan. And Bryan will do his damnedest to stop it from happening!

So Bryan takes this from here, and throws a video package for himself. It was the SmackDown Elimination Chamber, where Daniel Bryan ran the marathon and made it from start to finish to earn his opportunity at Roman’s title, only for Roman to pounce right then and there. Bryan came close but couldn’t defeat a fresh Roman, and then Edge pounced on Roman. In the present, Bryan says he has lost a lot in his career, and has gotten beaten up a lot in his career. So you think after winning his third Elimination Chamber match, and fighting valiantly against Roman, that loss wouldn’t be a big deal.

But rolling out of the ring, and Edge rolling in to Spear Roman and point at the WrestleMania sign, “never in my life have I ever felt like such a failure.” Bryan knows not everyone knows this, but he doesn’t have a lot of ambition. WWE did personality tests and they found that Bryan had the lowest ambition score they’d ever seen. How is it possible that Bryan is still successful? He isn’t sure, other than that he LOVES pro-wrestling. And if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life, and he’s never had to “work” a day for the last 21 years!

But for the last year, Bryan’s had in the back of his head that he’ll go from wrestler to dad, and put others ahead of him. He let those he saw as the future get opportunities and not him. But Edge hitting Roman and Bryan feeling like an absolute failure is because Bryan failed himself. In that moment, Bryan had a lot more ambition in him than any test could ever show! He looked at the WrestleMania sign and decided HE should be there! Not Roman, not Edge, but BRYAN! Roman and Edge are in the main event because BRYAN loves this! In the last three WEEKS, he’s wrestled more than Edge and Roman in the last three MONTHS!

Bryan wrestles every chance he can because he loves this! And so putting himself on the back burner was a disservice to himself! Bryan knows he can be the absolute BEST! Bryan steps into a steel cage with Jey Uso, and if he wins, eh goes on to Fastlane to face Roman for the Universal Championship! And beating Roman is the only way to main event WrestleMania, and this could be his last chance! But before Bryan can continue his passionate speech, Roman interrupts! Jey and Paul Heyman follow Roman, of course, but the confrontation will be face to face after the break.

 

SmackDown returns and Roman is now in the ring.

Roman has a mic to say, “I’m looking at the same guy. But you don’t sound like the same guy.” The way Bryan is talking is confusing. And if it’s confusing Roman, than it’s confusing the fans. Bryan is ambitious now? Driven now? No. Bryan is the underdog, the “little guy,” the lottery winner. The one who waits on the opportunity and sometimes it works out. Bryan isn’t ambitious. Men like Roman, and they’re rare, they’re ambitious. Roman has been driven since he was a child. If he wanted it, he takes it. Roman loves the business, too. Bryan doesn’t love this, he NEEDS this. Bryan has nothing else, and that’s not love. Love isn’t based off need but off service and what you’ll do for others.

Roman, for example, loves the WWE. Roman doesn’t need it, it’s everyone who needs him! SmackDown needs Roman! The crew and the cameramen need Roman! Heyman needs Roman, Jey needs Roman, Bryan needs Roman. And after Jey whoops Bryan, Bryan will understand that and know it in his heart. And then, Bryan will acknowledge Roman. If Bryan- Jey snatches Bryan’s mic to tell him not to worry about the title. This is as close as Bryan gets to it! Bryan has to get through Jey and that won’t happen! Bryan wanted the cage, but it isn’t locking Roman out, it’s locking Jey in! And tonight, Jey’s gonna get you! Jey tries to sucker punch Bryan but Bryan throws him out!

Bryan stares Roman down, and Roman sighs. Will Bryan be unstoppable as he goes back down the road to WrestleMania?

 

The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are up and they want the smoke! But will this rematch with the Great Liberator and Wolf King be a speedbump on the road to WrestleMania and the SmackDown Tag Team Championships?

SmackDown returns and the Profits have mics as Sami makes his entrance. Sami admits, the Profits pulled off a “fluke” over him and Corbin. But tonight, Sami and Corbin will prove it was just luck. Corbin tells Sami that it’s enough. They’re not tag team partners! They’re not friends! Corbin doesn’t even like Sami! Corbin is a SINGLES competitor, so he’ll take on just one of the Profits. Oh, well, their schedules are free. Roode & Ziggler are dodging them so there is a lot of time. So if that’s what Corbin wants, how about he get in the ring to do that thing? Ford wants Corbin, so Dawkins gets Sami? Yep! Sweet, Dawkins gets to be in Sami’s movie!

Dawkins gives a quick shout-out to his boy, JZH, but Sami tries to sort things out. Is this a set up? Is Corbin in on this or something? Sami agreed to a TAG match, you can’t do this to him at the last second! So then it’s one? Tell ’em, fam! The Profits are up, and they want the smoke! Sami is upset, but the first of the now two singles matches begins!

Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS King Corbin!

Ford and Corbin circle, tie up, and Corbin knees low! Corbin whips Ford to a corner, Ford goes up and over and handsprings to then dropkick Corbin! And dropkick again! Corbin staggers to ropes., Ford runs in but Corbin gets a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Corbin is upset with the ref but the count is the count. Corbin wants Sami to watch this as he drags Ford up. Corbin puts Ford in the corner, traps his arms and fires off body shots! The ref backs Corbin off, he drags Ford back up to whip corner to corner hard! Ford bounces off buckles, Corbin drags him back up and taunts Dawkins as he ripcord back suplexes for a yoyo SLAM!

Corbin taunts Ford, drags him up, but Ford gets around to hop on and be a sleeper hold backpack! Corbin RAMS Ford into buckles, but Ford holds on tight! Corbin pries free, snapmares but Ford handsprings through to mule kick, front kick and dropkick! Ford has Corbin in a corner, hits a splash, then runs, into a pop-up! But Ford turns that into a DDT! Ford kips up to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps his cool as he heads for a corner. Ford hops up, Sami shouts at Dawkins but Ford shouts at Sami. Corbin rolls Ford, Ford rolls through to ENZIGURI! But Corbin still gets Ford for the END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!!

Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall

Sami tells Corbin he just helped him so now Corbin has to help Sami! Dawkins wants after Sami, Sami gets on the apron, Dawkins BLASTS Sami off and Sami hits Corbin! Corbin gets mad at Sami but Sami explains that was because of Dawkins! Corbin doesn’t care, he’s leaving Sami behind! Will the Champion of the People be able to do this by himself? We’ll find out, after the break!

 

Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Sami Zayn!

SmackDown returns and the match is underway as Dawkins clubs and bumps Sami off buckles and in corners. Sami grabs ropes, Dawkins has a leg but the ref calls for the break. Sami clubs Dawkins, headlocks, but Dawkins powers out to run him over! Dawkins keeps moving, Sami hurdles but Dawkins hurdles back. Dawkins ducks to dropkick Sami down! Cover, TWO! Dawkins grabs a leg but Sami still holds ropes. The ref counts, Dawkins lets go and Sami goes out. Dawkins pursues, Sami kicks and elbows Dawkins then bumps him off barriers, then bumps him off the apron. Sami puts Dawkins in, gets in and CLOBBERS Dawkins from behind! Cover, TWO!

Sami keeps his cool as he looms over Dawkins. Sami stomps Dawkins, drags him up and throws haymakers. Sami puts Dawkins on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami taunts Ford, but Sami lets off at 4. “This is what you get!” Sami drags Dawkins up, whips him and CLOBBERS him again! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Sami argues the count but the ref says it was the same as the other times. Sami drags Dawkins up, throws more haymakers, then whips Dawkins to ropes again. Dawkins CLOBBERS Sami this time! Ford fires up as Dawkins rallies and hits the LEAPING ELBOW!

Sami ends up in a corner, Dawkins hits the CYCLONE SPLASH! BIG BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Ford coaches Dawkins and he drags Sami up. Dawkins has the hooks but Sami fights the exploder off. Sami swings but into Dawkins’ SILENCER! Cover, TWO! The butterfly corkscrew suplex didn’t work, and Sami gets to the apron. Dawkins pursues but Sami hotshots him! Sami reels Dawkins in, but he can’t get Dawkins up. Dawkins throws elbows, runs in but the cyclone gest buckles! Sami reels Dawkins in for a CORNER EXPLODER!

Dawkins staggers as Sami goes corner to corner, but Ford gets up close on Sami’s camera crew! Sami shouts at Ford to stop that, but Dawkins rolls him up! Dawkins wins!!

Winner: Angelo Dawkins, by pinfall

Did the cameras get that? Sami still cries conspiracy and shouts, “Who’s behind this?!” Sami doesn’t recognize the second guy and asks if he’s a WWE spy! The guy doesn’t know how to answer and Sami throws knees into him! Is the documentary going to start being about Sami’s spiral into madness?

 

Reginald Thompson, the Fabulous sommelier, finds Carmella backstage.

She says he likes playing games, right? Of course he does. This new game is called, “Who’s the Snake?” What? Mella says one of them took a chance on a lowly sommelier and made him a star, while the other betrayed that someone and is siding with Sasha Banks. Reggie says all of that has been for Mella! Well it’s game over. Reggie’s the snake! She slaps the tray out of his hand and FIRES him! What is Reggie going to do now that he’s without a boss?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

To get payback on behalf of his father, Dominik is going to take on the Alpha Academy headmaster! But with the Dozer ringside, will Dom have to worry more about Rey than Gable?

SmackDown returns and the Alpha Academy make their entrance. The bell rings and Dom ties up with Gable. They go around, Gable waistlocks and throws Dom down. Dom gets up but Gable throws him back down, then floats to a facelock. Otis says Dom is alone and that’s why he’ll lose. But Dom runs around to throw Gable out! Gable gets back in but Dom arm-drags him! Dom cranks the arm, Gable gets up but Dom wrenches to a wristlock. Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings and spins to break free and headlock to then spin and spin and drop toehold! Gable has the leg, and SMASHES it into the mat! Dom gets up, Gable gets the leg again and hits a DRAGON SCREW!

Gable jams the knee, does it again, then covers, TWO! Gable keeps on Dom with a standing toehold and he pushes down hard on the leg. Dom endures, Rey coaches him through it and Dom kicks at Gable with the free leg. Fans rally, Gable gets the foot and Dom enziguris! Gable staggers to a corner,. Dom runs in but the monkey flip is turned around. Dom boots from up top, then leaps to huricanrana! Gable is in the other corner, Dom runs in to wheelbarrow throw him into buckles! Dom goes back up, leaps, but no tornado DDT! Gable gets Dom’s arms, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dom escapes and Gable can’t believe it!

Gable gets the legs, drags Dom to a drop zone and goes up top. Gable talks trash to Rey, and MOONSAULTS, but has to land on his feet as Dom moves! Gable waistlocks, Dom wheelbarrows to a victory roll but Gable sit son the cover, TWO! Dom reels Gable into a La Magistrol, DOM WINS!

Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall

Otis storms onto the apron but Rey WRECKS him with a dropkick! Otis hits announce desk, Rey LEAPS and SEATED SENTONS him onto the desk! The Mysterios regroup and retreat! The Alpha Academy is raging, but are they going to learn a lesson from the King and Prince of Lucha?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!

Kayla Braxton brings up Cesaro’s swing that seemed to last forever, and Rollins says it sure felt that way. And do you want to know why? Because it was forever! But the question is, why? Has Cesaro done that much to anyone else? No, that was rhetorical. But then why did he do it? Because he is afraid of “us.” Cesaro doesn’t want to #EmbraceTheVision because he knows “we” are strong! Cesaro wanted to embarrass Rollins and humiliate him! Rollins promises us that he won’t forget that. And Buddy Murphy is BACK?!

Murphy says he could help Rollins with this problem. Rollins doesn’t want to see Murphy. Murphy needs to leave, now. Is Murphy really trying to be Rollins’ disciple again? Will Rollins do just fine against Cesaro without him?

 

Bianca Belair w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!

A partial rematch from the impromptu Elimination Chamber WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match, the EST and the Queen of Spades match up again 1v1! But will Bianca earn herself and The Boss momentum towards those titles? Or will Shayna do damage to the Women’s Rumble winner before she reaches WrESTleMania?

SmackDown returns as Bianca makes her entrance, followed by Sasha’s. That seems like a surprise to Bianca’s, despite the coming Fastlane match. But another surprise, or perhaps not, is that Reggie follows Sasha out like a stray puppy. The bell rings, Bianca and Shayna tie up, and Shayna gets an arm to wrench it. Bianca scoops Shayna, Shayna slips off and headlocks. Bianca slips through to headlock back, but Shayna powers out. Bianca goes up and over in the corner, handsprings and eggs Shayna on to then run her over! Bianca is fired up and she claps at Shayna to then say kiss this. Things speed up,. Bianca handsprings but Shayna blocks the dropkick to get he foot!

Bianca boots her away, dodges the knee, rolls Shayna up, ONE! Bianca yanks Shayna’s arm, steps over and hooks it to La Magistrol, ONE! Shayna has an arm, wrenches, twists the wrist, but Bianca endures. Bianca powers through to fireman’s carry, but Shayna slips out again to whip. Bianca goes up again but gets caught for a KICK to the arm! Nia cheers Shayna on while Bianca writhes. Sasha checks on her partner and coaches her up, and Bianca gets up in a corner. Shayna runs in to KNEE Bianca down! Shayna drags Bianca to a cover, ONE!! Shayna grows annoyed, she drags Bianca and wrenches the arm to a grounded wristlock. Bianca resists but Shayna twists it all the same.

Shayna stands on Bianca’s head, pulls the arm around, and TWEAKS it! Sasha grows worried but she coaches Bianca up. Shayna runs back in. Bianca dodges! Shayna knees buckles. but hurries after Bianca! Shayna gets the arm, Bianca scoops with the good one to SLAM her down! Shayna gets up but Bianca ROCKS her! Bianca runs in to RAM Shayna into the corner! Bianca rams and rams and fires off with the good arm and even some stomps! Bianca drags Shayna up to a suplex! And a kip up! Bianca shakes out the bad arm, claps at Shayna, then whips her to back drop her! Nia is the one getting upset now as Bianca chicken wings for the Glam-

NO! Shayna victory rolls Bianca out of the ring! Reggie is there and he says no hard feelings, but Bianca shoves him down! Bianca gets in, Shayna KNEES her down! Both women are down and Reggie flounders up near Nia. Nia shoves Reggie at Sasha, and runs over! Reggie moves ,Sasha gets bulldozed! Bianca is distracted, Shayna gets the KIRAFUDA! But Bianca powers to the Torture Rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

The EST pulled it off and KOD sealed the deal! But Bianca tells Sasha to handle things with Reggie. Tag titles or not, Bianca and Sasha need to have a fair match at Mania. Reggie helps Sasha up, and she smiles, but then SLAPS Reggie! Sasha told Reggie to stay out of her business! When it rains, it pours. Will Reggie be pouring himself a drink to drown his sorrows?

 

Roman talks with Jey in their suite.

Roman wants Jey to understand that if Jey wins, the Universal Championship is safe until Mania. But if Jey loses, Roman will have to defend it at Fastlane. That part is fine, but Jey losing is an embarrassment to him and the family. Jey cannot embarrass the family. Jey says he’s got this, but will he prove that when caged up with a determined Daniel Bryan?

 

Buddy Murphy VS Cesaro!

The former disciple might be trying to show Rollins what he can do by taking the Swiss Cyborg head-on! Will Cesaro prove that if he can defeat Rollins’ former protégé, he really doesn’t need Rollins’ vision?

But of course Rollins makes his presence known! Rollins goes ringside to watch Cesaro in person, and the bell rings. Cesaro runs at Murphy, waistlocks and SLAMS him, then dead lift gut wrenches Murphy for a suplex! Rollins joins commentary, Cesaro covers Murphy, ONE! Murphy elbows Cesaro away, runs but Cesaro follows. Murphy leaps but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is after Murphy’s legs but he gets to the apron. Murphy then yanks Cesaro out and stomps Cesaro’s hand away! Murphy WRECKS Cesaro with a dropkick, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and Murphy tumbles to the ramp. Murphy puts Cesaro in, climbs up top, and leaps for a METEORA! Cover, TWO!

Murphy grits his teeth and he digs his knee into Cesaro then KICKS him in the back! Cesaro shoves Murphy away but runs into a boot! Murphy hops up again, leaps, but into a EuroUpper! Murphy staggers back, Cesaro catches his breath, and Cesaro grits his teeth. Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper again! Cesaro whips, EuroUppers, and repeat! And repeat! Cesaro runs to BOOT Murphy down! Cesaro drags Murphy back up as Rollins vents about the swing, and Cesaro puts Murphy IN THE SWING! Cesaro swings Murphy around and around and around and around and Rollins complains and Cesaro keeps going! Cesaro stops after 20, and puts on the SHARPSHOOTER! Murphy taps, Cesaro wins!

Winner: Cesaro, by submission

Rollins applauds Cesaro despite all he was just saying. But Cesaro smiles back just as mockingly. Will Cesaro do more than just embarrass and humiliate Rollins when they get in the ring together?

 

Reggie sulks as he packs up his things and heads out.

But he spots Sasha’s private room and decides to knock on the door. Sasha answers, and Reggie tries to apologize, but she says NO! Well, guess that’s that. But then Reggie sees the tag champions and Shayna says, “Smell that?” Reggie reeks of failure! But where’s wine boy going? Thirsty for a fight? Nia says Shayna should chill. Doesn’t she see what Nia sees? Reggie’s kinda cute. Huh? Is the sommelier about to go from bully bosses to boss bullies?

 

Apollo Crews is here!

And he is further representing his Nigerian royal heritage by having bodyguards by his side, and a spear in his hand! Apollo has his guards lead the way into the ring first, then he follows. Apollo fetches a mic and he says everyone is telling him how they don’t like the new Apollo. But the good news is, this isn’t the “new” Apollo, this is the REAL Apollo! This is who he is, how he talks, and he is a descendant of Nigerian royalty! He is a REAL African American! This is his Nigerian Elite Guard, the protector of his family for many generations. Apollo remembers being a young boy hearing stories about these men, about his heritage.

At the time, he was too ashamed to accept his heritage because he would be made fun of. He wanted to fit in, and be just like “you.” But “you” never accepted him! Even his own “friends” just wanted to mock him. “Did you live in a jungle? Did you ride lions to school?” Apollo was ashamed, but the truth is, these stories about his ancestors, some of the most feared and respected men in all of Nigeria, who would dominate and conquer anyone. The more Apollo went into his roots, the more he realized things were repeating themselves. Big E was disrespecting him, and Apollo would hear his ancestors telling him to stand up and claim his birthright. So Apollo did what he had to do.

“Big E, I know you’re at home, nursing your injury. And I know you fear walking in the sight of me.” But Big E is coming back next week, and that makes Apollo happy! Apollo is no longer the man Big E once knew and dismissed. Apollo won’t fit in, he’ll proudly stand out! He will DEMAND a rematch for the Intercontinental Championship!! Big E will fall before Apollo’s feet, and Apollo will leave Big E a broken man for life! And Big E will be hunted for Apollo’s complete and total victory! The Nigerian Prince has issued his ultimatum, but will Big E be coming back only bigger and stronger?

 

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville try to reason with Natalya and Tamina.

They’re clearly upset that Sasha & Bianca are getting a title match over them! Have Pearce & Sonya not seen how dominant Natty & Tamina have been? Of course they have! But that’s not the match that was made. Pearce apologizes and dismisses himself. Sonya says Pearce simply made a different decision. Will the Queen of Harts and the Daughter of Superfly force Pearce to reconsider?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Does he perhaps feel any extra pressure- There’s no pressure! Jey thrives off of this! “DB shouldn’t have popped off on Big Uce!” Now they’re in the Uso Penitentiary! But then Bryan CLOBBERS Jey from behind! Bryan doesn’t say anything, but that was clearly a taste of Jey’s own medicine. Will Jey start to crack under the pressure of defending the family? Will Bryan force Roman to defend his title?

 

SmackDown has a special bonus DING DONG, HELLO~!

Bayley walks in through the door to say that tonight is a special rehearsal for a new segment. Other shows do “Mean Tweets,” but Bayley is loved by everyone so she has something she’s calling Sweet Tweets! RoleModel1452 says “Bayley can truly do it all! They’d never give a talk show to someone like Sasha banks!” Then EllenDegeneres1 says “Forget about Edge and Roman Reigns, the Ding Dong Hello Show should be the main event of WrestleMania!” And lastly, WWESuperfan says “Ding Dong Hello is…” Wait, wait, wait. How did this one get in here? Bayley doesn’t even finish it and throws the card away. She SLAMS the door, but will she have something to say to that supposed superfan?

 

Steel Cage Match: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso!

Last week’s count-out was neither win or loss, so a deal was struck on Talking Smack: Bryan and Jey have a rematch, and if Bryan wins, he gets his Fastlane title match; if Bryan loses, he must ACKNOWLEDGE Roman! But it was Bryan who raised the stakes even higher by wanting the steel cage to be the stipulation! Will the Goat’s gamble pay off and get him his golden ticket? Or will Jey leave Bryan in WrestleMania lockdown?

Jey steps inside the cage, but Roman and Heyman make their entrance! The Tribal Chief already put pressure on Jey, but he’s really digging in the screws now. Heyman makes sure to get Roman a chair so that he can have a seat at the ramp. Will Roman be here to personally congratulate his cousin? Or personally accept Bryan’s challenge? We’ll find that out, after the break!

SmackDown returns, the bell rings and Bryan rushes Jey with forearms! Jey hits back and it is a brawl! Bryan ROCKS Jey with a EuroUpper, then KICKS a leg to whip. Jey reverses and RAMS Bryan into the steel! Jey drags Bryan up, clubs him and RAMS Him into the steel again! And again! Jey tells Bryan to acknowledge Roman! He digs Bryan’s face into the steel and Roman is there to stare at Bryan. Bryan refuses to say anything so Jey clubs him down. Roman tells Jey to do more and Jey hauls Roman up to fireman’s carry and LAWN DART Bryan into steel! Jey calls for the door and walks over but Bryan catches him in the ropes!

Jey fires off on Bryan but he goes back in to ROCK Bryan with an uppercut! Jey climbs the side but Bryan pursues! Bryan gets a foot, drags Jey back down and then smashes him off the steel! Jey smashes Bryan again, then hops down to trip Bryan! Bryan is stuck on the top, Jey DECKS him off it! Jey drags Bryan up, RAMS him into the corner, then tells Roman he’s got this as he goes side to side. Bryan blocks to SMASH Jey off the steel, off the buckles, then YANKS him into the wall! Heyman watches Roman closely as Bryan climbs up. Bryan leaps to missile dropkick Jey down! Jey writhes and crawls, he sees the door! Jey heads that way but Bryan PENALTY KICKS an arm!

Bryan wrenches Jey to elbow breakers! And then RAMS Jey into more steel! And then brings Jey around for another elbow breaker, and another RAM into steel! Jey flops down but Bryan drags him up to wrench and whip,. Jey reverses, Bryan goes up and over and dodges to go up again! Bryan heads for the top but Jey hurries to bring him down! Bryan lands on his billy goat again, and Jey stomps away on the knees! Jey winces for a moment before he stomps more. Jey climbs, but Bryan sits up! Bryan anchors Jey, climbs up to join him, and then headbutts him! Bryan headbutts Jey to send him back to the top rope, but Jey fireman’s carries Bryan for a SUPER SAMOAN DROP!! Both men are down as SmackDown goes to another break!

SmackDown returns one more time, and both men are up on top of the cage! They’re brawling with haymakers and headbutts! Bryan rocks Jey, tries to slip to the outside, but Jey holds on with a facelock! Jey drags Bryan back inside and they’re on the top rope. Bryan smashes Jey off steel, and gives him YES KICKS up there! Jey wobbles but he manages to SUPERKICK Bryan down! Jey adjusts to USO SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Jey is too sore to be frustrated! Jey crawls to the door and it opens for him. Bryan crawls after Jey and anchors a foot. Jey grabs at the frame, gets up, but Bryan spins him around, only to get the DRAGON WHIP KICK!

But Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Jey! Jey SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Jey is beside himself, but Roman is like stone as usual. Jey sits up and wants the door to open again, but Bryan GHOST PINS! TWO, and he has Jey caught for endless elbows! And then, a turn to the omoplata, but Jey moves around to ground ‘n’ pound wildly! Jey wants to hurt Bryan more than anything! Jey lets off to catch his breath, and he looks to Roman. Jey grabs Bryan’s legs, and catapults him into steel! Bryan flops down, but Jey again looks to Roman. Jey says he’ll end this, and he goes up the side of the steel. But Bryan pursues again! Bryan catches up to Jey and anchors him as he climbs up again!

Bryan throws headbutts, Jey goes back to the ropes, and Bryan adjusts on top. Bryan is going to the outside, but Jey grabs his head with a cravat! Jey drags Bryan back in but Bryan headbutts Jey again! Bryan has Jey and RAMS him into the steel again and again! Bryan underhooks for a SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!! Roll through, to the YES LOCK!! Jey endures, flails, crawls, and gets the ropebreak, BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER! No ropebreaks or disqualifications in a cage match! Bryan pulls back even harder!! Jey taps, BRYAN WINS!!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by submission (faces Roman Reigns for the title at Fastlane)

The Universal Championship is taking a detour! Bryan is taking a stand against the establishment again, can he repeat what he did for WrestleMania 30 and make it into YEStleMania?


My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode for SmackDown, but there is a lot I do not like for the build to Fastlane and other stories from this. Firstly, Buddy Murphy trying to reconnect with Rollins. Obviously, the stuff with Aaliyah Mysterio wasn’t working, wasn’t going to work, and was a bit dumb to do in the first place. But you can’t just reset Murphy to before all of that. Don’t have Murphy reach out to Rollins at all, just have him return by surprise here against Cesaro. That match was still okay, because Rollins was on commentary and Cesaro did the swing to get at Rollins and all of that. But I am annoyed that WWE (Vince) is throwing Murphy back in just because they don’t know what else to do with Murphy. Rollins VS Cesaro is just fine on its own, have someone else #EmbraceTheVision instead of Murphy relapsing back to being the disciple.

Then the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship developments are very odd. It’s fine that the champions are defending the belts at all, but announcing that it’s just going to be the Elimination Chamber match-up again is odd. I did appreciate that another team was upset by this, so there might be more story to it than what we got. Pearce sure seems really close to these titles given what we saw on NXT. If this all turns out to be a huge story between all three brands, then I’ll be all for it, but it is hard to see that from where we are. And while Reggie being fired by Mella and rejected by Sasha is following what I expected, I’m not sure how I feel about Nia suddenly taking interest in him. Whenever it is that Shayna and Nia split, I don’t think Nia needs a sidekick, so it’s just odd she’d care about Reggie at all.

The Profits having singles matches was a good way to both fill time but also have more story with Corbin and Sami. Corbin puts a stop to the tag team with Sami, the Profits get to go 1-1 on the night, keeping things a bit even for them as we head for Mania. The SmackDown Tag Team Championships story will certainly have something for Mania, so the slow burn isn’t so bad. Gable VS Dom was good, and it works that Dom gets a quick victory. Another tag match is coming, and though the Profits will protest, I bet Sonya sets up the winner of that against the Dirty Dawgs. That can be for Fastlane, then Profits getting their rematch can be for Mania to make it even bigger.

Apollo’s promo was very good, though I’m surprised he’s got bodyguards now. The spear is cool, though. Big E’s return is in time for Fastlane, so that could be the match for the Intercontinental Championship. And with how this Apollo is, it could go either way. Then the main story, once again the Universal Championship with Roman, is going great. Bryan’s promo to start the night is a bit recycled from Talking Smack but still just as strong and passionate, and then his thwarting Jey’s sneak attack to then come back with one of his own is great stuff. Bryan is taking the fight to the establishment again, and Fastlane is going to be great with Roman VS Bryan fair and square, both guys at 100%. I still feel like Roman wins in the end, because WWE can’t resist Spear VS Spear, but Bryan’s going to make it one hell of a match.

My Score: 8.3/10


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